When Ellen Fay started her senior year of high school, she had never heard of Heidelberg University. Living in Jamestown, N.C., she was looking for a school where she could continue playing volleyball while pursuing a career in education.
She went on a recruiting visit to another school, and by chance they were playing Heidelberg. “Later I remembered seeing them play and decided to get more information,” she said. After contacting coaches and driving eight hours, Ellen stepped foot onto Heidelberg’s campus. “I didn’t have high expectations for my first visit, but was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful campus and the strength of both the education and volleyball programs,” Ellen said.
While attending High Point Christian Academy Ellen was a standout student. A member of Beta Club and the National Honors Society, she graduated as an AP Honors Scholar. Her talents extend onto the volleyball court where she was part of a state championship team. She also worked to give back. Her senior project was providing 40 backpacks filled with school supplies to needy children in her local area.
Heidelberg’s atmosphere and commitment to academics is what convinced Ellen it was the right place for her. “I decided to attend Heidelberg because of the community feeling that is present throughout campus, “she said. “Their incredible Education program will train me to become a great teacher.”
Ellen moved to campus early for volleyball camp. “Preseason was really tough and challenging, but I got closer to my teammates and I'm excited for the season ahead,” she said. Now that classes have started her collegiate career has begun. “I’ve enjoyed getting to meet other freshmen,” she said. Certainly, Ellen’s friends, teammates, classmates, professors and everyone at Heidelberg is glad that chance brought her here.